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submitted by George Poulos on 28.11.2004

Sarah Katsoulis, breathstroking, 2004.

Sarah Katsoulis 100br

Sarah Katsoulis (AUS) 100m breaststroke (Heats)
FINA Swimming World Cup 2004-05 Series
Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre
Melbourne, Australia Friday, Nov 26th.
© Sport the library/Jeff Crow

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submitted by George Poulos on 28.11.2004

Sarah Katsoulis. Australian swimmer.

Picture:
Sarah Katsoulis swims in the 200m breaststroke to win a bronze metal.
Oct. 11th / Finals
7th FINA World Swimming Championships 25m
Indianapolis, Indiana / Conseco Fieldhouse
October 7-11, 2004
Swimming / Shortcourse

From:

http://www.swimming.org.au/profiles/

Country: AUS
State: VIC
Club: Carey Aquatic
Born: 84
Height: 172
Weight: 65Kg
Place of birth: Milton, NSW
Occupation: Student
Coach: Rohan Taylor
Interests: Reading, Movies, Music, holidaying


Results

2004 Telstra FINA World Cup (Melbourne, Australia)
Womens 100m Breaststroke - Heats Day 1 Heats Placed: 1 Time: 1:07.36

Womens 100m Breaststroke - Final Day 1 Finals Placed: 2 Time: 1:06.43

Womens 200m Breaststroke - Heats Day 2 Heats Placed: 1 Time: 2:27.36

Womens 200m Breaststroke - Final Day 2 Finals Placed: 2 Time: 2:23.84

Womens 50m Breaststroke - Heats Day 3 Heats Placed: 3 Time: 0:32.13

Womens 50m Breaststroke - Final Day 3 Finals Pending

Other Results

17th - 2003 World Championships, Barcelona, 200m Breaststroke 2:31.89
3rd - 2003 Telstra Australian Champs, Sydney, 50m breaststroke 31.96
4th - 2003 Telstra Australian Champs, Sydney, 100m breaststroke 1:09.63
2nd - 2003 Telstra Australian Champs, Sydney, 200m breaststroke 2:28.42
8th - 2002 Commonwealth Games, Manchester, 50m breaststroke 32.86
1st -2002 Australian Age Champs, Sydney, 100m breaststroke 1:10.73
2nd - 2002 Australian Age Champs, Sydney, 200m breaststroke 2:34.17
2nd - 2002 Telstra Australian Champs, Brisbane, 50m breaststroke 32.22
4th - 2002 Telstra Australian Champs, Brisbane, 100m breaststroke 1:10.00
7th - 2002 Telstra Australian Champs, Brisbane, 200m breaststroke 2:35.75

Current Teams

2002 Commonwealth Games
Grand Prix #1 Australian Team
2003 Duel in the Pool Team
2003 Telstra Grand Prix #1 Team
2003 Telstra Grand Prix # 2 Team
2003 World Championship Team
2004 World Short Course Team
2002 Europe World Cup 4
2002 Europe World Cup 3
2002 Europe World Cup 2

Current Squads

2004 - 2005 Telstra Dolphins

Highlights

Sarah started 2004 with a bang swimming personal best times at the Victorian Championships in January in both the 50 and 100 metre breaststroke events - the 100 metre swim boosting her to fourth on the Australian All-time rankings.
Unlucky not to make the 2004 Olympic team in the 200m breaststroke, after finishing third to Leisel Jones and Brooke Hanson at the Olympic Trials.

Swam a world class time to finish third to Hanson and Jade Edmistone over 100m at the 2004 Telstra Australian Short Course Championships in Brisbane, before breaking through for her first Australian title with a world championship qualifying time in the 200 metres breaststroke.

In 2003 she went to Barcelona for the World Championships where she was 17th in the 200m breaststroke, an event she swum after finishing second to Leisal Jones at the Telstra Australian Championships in Sydney.

Sarah was just one of many who made their Australian Open team debut at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games, where she finished 8th in the 50m breaststrolke final.

Sarah earned one of the five spots on the team occupied by female breaststrokers after taking silver in the 50m breaststroke at the Telstra Australian Championships . Also finished fourth in the 100m final and seventh in the 200m final at those Australian Championships.

The consistent swimmer who has adopted Victoria since moving from Wollongong, along with coach Rohan Taylor in 2000, has now registered several seasons of good results and signalled a promising future is ahead of her.

PERSONAL BEST TIMES:

50m breaststroke: 31.87 7th fastest Australian All-time
100m breaststroke: 1:08.22 4th fastest Australian all-time
200m breastroke: 2:28.42 7th fastest Australian All-time

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submitted by George Poulos on 28.11.2004

Nick Politis. Roll of Honour, Services to Sport. Soccer, Rugby League, Olympic Games.

As notified in a previous entry, and re-iterated in less detail at the conclusion of this entry - in the year 2000, the Greek -Australian Sports Hall of Fame was inaugurated.

Many athletes of the original 166 are obviously of Kytherian origin - Psaltis's, Samios, Zantiotis, Andronicus: but the place of origin in Greece of many others - particularly those born in Australia - has not been indicated in the biographies outlined in the original list. Determining how many Kytherians were inducted in the original list remains a matter for future research. To further complicate matters, some of the athletes may have had a parent, or grandparent of Kytherian origin. (A good example is Stephen Girdis, inducted for sailing prowess, whose mother is Kytherian.)

A Roll of Honour category exists for Greek-Australians who excell in their
a. services to Sport
b. as Coaches
c. in the Media (minimum 30 years service).

Nick Politis has been inducted for his services to sport.

From Pinax, The Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame, Volume 1, reproduced with the permission of the editor, Steve Georgakis.

Nick Politis

Sports Administrator

Soccer, Rugby League, Olympic Games


In 1976 Politis pioneered new ground in marketing by being the first person in Australia to sponsor a team in any sport - Eastern Suburbs Rugby League District Football Club (Sydney Roosters), receiving sponsorship from Politis' company, City Ford. Soon this concept was adopted by other clubs and spread to other sports.

In 1993, Politis was appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Suburbs District Rugby League Club, and also appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Suburbs District Rugby League Club.

In 1996, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the New South Wales Rugby League, and remained on the Board until the 17th May, 2000. In 1997, Politis was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Australian Rugby League.

He was a member of the Board for the duration of the Super League War.

In 1998, he ventured into soccer and was appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Greek-based Sydney Olympic Soccer Football Club. [A position he has since relinquished.]

In February 2000 Politis was appointed as the Attache to the Greek OLympic Team at the Sydney Olympic Games.


For other Nick Politis entries, see Photography Diaspora, subsection, Working Life.
Use of the internal search engine under Politis will also provide access to a number of other entries.


Background, Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame

In September 2000, through the initiative of the Millenium Heritage Council, the Church established the Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame in order to record the sporting achievements attained by Australians of Greek heritage who have distinguished themselves at either a National or International level.

The First Inductees

As a result, 166 sportspeople were inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame, in the presence of the Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia, His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, and the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. John Howard, during the unforgettable Millenium Ball held on Saturday, 2nd September, 2000, at the Westin Hotel in Sydney.

The evening was a historic milestone that revealed how vast and truly astonishing the contribution to Australian and world sport by citizens of Helllenic descent is, in an amazing variety of disciplines. Sportspeople travelled from all over Australia to attend the memorable event and felt enormous pride and honour at their Induction.

The Commemorative Book

A thouroughly researched book entitled The Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame - Pinax, Volume I, coordinated by the Millenium Heritage Sports Committee and edited by academic, Dr Steve Georgakis, was also launched on the evening with the most fascinating details about each Inductee's accomplishments.

Pinax is the Greek word for list. It was used in ancient times when referring to the record of the Olympic Games victors whose names were inscribed on a column at Olympia in Greece. This informative book was published with the generous assitance of the New South Wales government through the Office of the Premier, the Hon. Bob Carr. Only a small number of books remain, however, since the interest generated by the concept attracted the attention of Hellenes around the world. It was especially appreciated by athletes and officials during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The Committee is now looking forward to the second edition.

[Dr Steve Georgakis is also the author of Sport and the Australian Greek. A Historical Study of Ethnicity, Gender and Youth, as well as numerous other articles on the subject].

Note: The photograph above is the original photograph in Pinax.

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submitted by George Poulos on 28.11.2004

Peter Frilingos. Roll of Honour. Services to the Media. Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame.

As notified in a previous entry, and re-iterated in less detail at the conclusion of this entry - in the year 2000, the Greek -Australian Sports Hall of Fame was inaugurated.

Many athletes of the original 166 are obviously of Kytherian origin - Psaltis's, Samios, Zantiotis, Andronicus: but the place of origin in Greece of many others - particularly those born in Australia - has not been indicated in the biographies outlined in the original list. Determining how many Kytherians were inducted in the original list remains a matter for future research. To further complicate matters, some of the athletes may have had a parent, or grandparent of Kytherian origin. (A good example is Stephen Girdis, inducted for sailing prowess, whose mother is Kytherian.)

A Roll of Honour category exists for Greek-Australians who excell in their
a. services to Sport
b. as Coaches
c. in the Media (minimum 30 years service).

Peter Frilingos has been inducted in this latter category.

From Pinax, The Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame, Volume 1, reproduced with the permission of the editor, Steve Georgakis.

Peter Frilingos

Media superstar


FRilingos was born in Sydney on 18 August 1944. He was educated at East Hills Boys' High School between 1957-1961. In 1962 he was awarded a journalism cadetship with The Daily Mirror newspaper in Sydney, becoming the Mirror's sports writer in 1964.

Frilingos covered every single Rugby League grand final from 1964 to 2003. He also covered four Kangaroo tours to Great Britain, six Kangaroo tours to New Zealand, and three Rugby League World Cups.

Frilingos served as deputy Sports Editor for The Daily Mirror from 1976-1977, becoming chief rugby league writer in 1980. In 1990, he was made chief writer for the Daily Telegraph Mirror.

Frilingos was a Rugby League panellist on Channel 9 between 1978 and 1980, and on Channel 10 from 1981 and 1982. From 1984 to 2004, he was a Rugby League commentator with Radio 2UE. From 1997 to 2004 Frilingos was as Fox Sport panellist in the hugely popular Back Page program.

For other Peter Frilingos entries, see People, subsection, High Achievers, and previous entry in this section, Sporting Life, for details about the National Rugby League inducting the Peter Frilingos Memorial Award for the headline moment of the year. Use of the internal search engine under Frilingos will also provide access to a number of other entries.


Background, Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame

In September 2000, through the initiative of the Millenium Heritage Council, the Church established the Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame in order to record the sporting achievements attained by Australians of Greek heritage who have distinguished themselves at either a National or International level.

The First Inductees

As a result, 166 sportspeople were inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame, in the presence of the Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia, His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, and the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. John Howard, during the unforgettable Millenium Ball held on Saturday, 2nd September, 2000, at the Westin Hotel in Sydney.

The evening was a historic milestone that revealed how vast and truly astonishing the contribution to Australian and world sport by citizens of Helllenic descent is, in an amazing variety of disciplines. Sportspeople travelled from all over Australia to attend the memorable event and felt enormous pride and honour at their Induction.

The Commemorative Book

A thouroughly researched book entitled The Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame - Pinax, Volume I, coordinated by the Millenium Heritage Sports Committee and edited by academic, Dr Steve Georgakis, was also launched on the evening with the most fascinating details about each Inductee's accomplishments.

Pinax is the Greek word for list. It was used in ancient times when referring to the record of the Olympic Games victors whose names were inscribed on a column at Olympia in Greece. This informative book was published with the generous assitance of the New South Wales government through the Office of the Premier, the Hon. Bob Carr. Only a small number of books remain, however, since the interest generated by the concept attracted the attention of Hellenes around the world. It was especially appreciated by athletes and officials during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The Committee is now looking forward to the second edition.

[Dr Steve Georgakis is also the author of Sport and the Australian Greek. A Historical Study of Ethnicity, Gender and Youth, as well as numerous other articles on the subject].

Note: The photograph above is the original photograph in Pinax.

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submitted by George Poulos on 01.05.2006

George Samios. Champion Wrestler. 1916-1993.

As notified in a previous entry, and re-iterated in less detail at the conclusion of this entry - in the year 2000, the Greek -Australian Sports Hall of Fame was inaugurated.

Many athletes of the original 166 are obviously of Kytherian origin - Psaltis's, Samios, Zantiotis, Andronicus: but the place of origin in Greece of many others - particularly those born in Australia - has not been indicated in the biographies outlined in the original list. Determining how many Kytherians were inducted in the original list remains a matter for future research. To further complicate matters, some of the athletes may have had a parent, or grandparent of Kytherian origin. (A good example is Stephen Girdis, inducted for sailing prowess, whose mother is Kytherian.)

From Pinax, The Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame, Volume 1, reproduced with the permission of the editor, Steve Georgakis.

George Samios. Champion Wrestler

Samios was born in Kythera on 20 February 1916, and migrated to Australia in 1930, joining his father and elder brothers. He developed an interest in wrestling and eventually won the Western Australian Freestyle Wrestling Association Championship in 1935 in the Middleweight division.

Samios dominated WA wrestling for a long period thereafter. In 1936, he won the Middleweight and Heavyeight titles, in 1937 the Light-Heavyweight title and in 1938 the Australian Middleweight title.

During World War Two he was an instructor with the Army's WEstern Command Physical and Recreational Training School. Given the rank of corporal, his duties involved the preparation of troops for unarmed combat. He reamined the WA Light-Heavyweight champion throughout the war years.

Greek-American world professional wrestling champion Jim Londos tempted Samios to turn professional in 1946, but he declined.

In 1948 Samios wrestled at the London Olympics representing his country of origin, Greece. In the 1950's he continued wrestling and won the 1953 Light-Heavyweight title, and both the Middleweight and Light-Heavyweight titles in 1954, and the Light_heavyweight title in 1956 and 1957. In 1957 he represented Australia in a three week wrestling tour of New Zealand.

He acted as an official at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games wrestling competition, and as a judge in the 1962 Perth Commonwealth Games.

An active participant in the administration of wrestling, Samios was the wrestling team manager at the 1968 Mexico Games - the first West Australian to be selected for an Australian Olympic or Commonwealth Games wrestling team, and the first in Australia to represent two countries.

In 1970 he managed the Australian team at the 1970 Junior World Championships in Japan. In 1989, he lead the Australian team at the World Championships in Switzerland.

In 2000, he was inducted into the Greek Australian Sports Hall of fame.


For a more detailed biography, supplied by son, Steve Samios, see another entry for George Samios under People, subsection, High Achievers.

Background, Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame

In September 2000, through the initiative of the Millenium Heritage Council, the Church established the Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame in order to record the sporting achievements attained by Australians of Greek heritage who have distinguished themselves at either a National or International level.

The First Inductees

As a result, 166 sportspeople were inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame, in the presence of the Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia, His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, and the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. John Howard, during the unforgettable Millenium Ball held on Saturday, 2nd September, 2000, at the Westin Hotel in Sydney.

The evening was a historic milestone that revealed how vast and truly astonishing the contribution to Australian and world sport by citizens of Helllenic descent is, in an amazing variety of disciplines. Sportspeople travelled from all over Australia to attend the memorable event and felt enormous pride and honour at their Induction.

The Commemorative Book

A thouroughly researched book entitled The Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame - Pinax, Volume I, coordinated by the Millenium Heritage Sports Committee and edited by academic, Dr Steve Georgakis, was also launched on the evening with the most fascinating details about each Inductee's accomplishments.

Pinax is the Greek word for list. It was used in ancient times when referring to the record of the Olympic Games victors whose names were inscribed on a column at Olympia in Greece. This informative book was published with the generous assitance of the New South Wales government through the Office of the Premier, the Hon. Bob Carr. Only a small number of books remain, however, since the interest generated by the concept attracted the attention of Hellenes around the world. It was especially appreciated by athletes and officials during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The Committee is now looking forward to the second edition.

[Dr Steve Georgakis is also the author of Sport and the Australian Greek. A Historical Study of Ethnicity, Gender and Youth, as well as numerous other articles on the subject].

Note: The photograph above is the original photograph in Pinax.

See Also:

Article on groundbreaking Greeks, NAA

Manager 1968 Australian team, Mexico. Wrestling

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submitted by George Poulos on 12.10.2005

Charles, Freeleagus. Champion Rower.

As notified in a previous entry, and re-iterated in less detail at the conclusion of this entry - in the year 2000, the Greek -Australian Sports Hall of Fame was inaugurated.

Many athletes of the original 166 are obviously of Kytherian origin - Psaltis's, Samios, Zantiotis, Andronicus: but the place of origin in Greece of many others - particularly those born in Australia - has not been indicated in the biographies outlined in the original list. Determining how many Kytherians were inducted in the original list remains a matter for future research. To further complicate matters, some of the athletes may have had a parent, or grandparent of Kytherian origin. (A good example is Stephen Girdis, inducted for sailing prowess, whose mother is Kytherian.)

From Pinax, The Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame, Volume 1, reproduced with the permission of the editor, Steve Georgakis.

Charles, Freeleagus

Champion Rower


Freeleagus was born in Brisbane on 22 February, 1913, and developed an interest in rowing because he lived near the Brisbane River, where most of the boathouses were found. He joined the University Rowing Club while undertaking a law degree at the University of Queensland. Freeleagus then joined the GPS club, where eventually he held all positions including president, later becoming a life member.

Rowing in singles he was a long time undefeated in Queensland, winning all the State's Championships. For example, he won the Jack Boschell Cup for three consecutive years.

Freeleagus could not aford to take part in the President's Cup (men's annual interstate championships) during the Depression era, although he did take part in the King's Cup (an annual interstate eight-oared championship) on four occasions, (1936 to 1939), winning once in Brisbane. At the time there were no official national titles in the sport, so the Kings Cup tournaments were deemed the national titles. Freeleagus was a member of the Queensland team that won the Kings Cup at Hamilton Beach, witnessed by a crowd of 20,000. It remains Queensland's only win in the event since 1924.


Background, Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame

In September 2000, through the initiative of the Millenium Heritage Council, the Church established the Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame in order to record the sporting achievements attained by Australians of Greek heritage who have distinguished themselves at either a National or International level.

The First Inductees

As a result, 166 sportspeople were inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame, in the presence of the Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia, His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, and the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. John Howard, during the unforgettable Millenium Ball held on Saturday, 2nd September, 2000, at the Westin Hotel in Sydney.

The evening was a historic milestone that revealed how vast and truly astonishing the contribution to Australian and world sport by citizens of Helllenic descent is, in an amazing variety of disciplines. Sportspeople travelled from all over Australia to attend the memorable event and felt enormous pride and honour at their Induction.

The Commemorative Book

A thouroughly researched book entitled The Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame - Pinax, Volume I, coordinated by the Millenium Heritage Sports Committee and edited by academic, Dr Steve Georgakis, was also launched on the evening with the most fascinating details about each Inductee's accomplishments.

Pinax is the Greek word for list. It was used in ancient times when referring to the record of the Olympic Games victors whose names were inscribed on a column at Olympia in Greece. This informative book was published with the generous assitance of the New South Wales government through the Office of the Premier, the Hon. Bob Carr. Only a small number of books remain, however, since the interest generated by the concept attracted the attention of Hellenes around the world. It was especially appreciated by athletes and officials during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The Committee is now looking forward to the second edition.

[Dr Steve Georgakis is also the author of Sport and the Australian Greek. A Historical Study of Ethnicity, Gender and Youth, as well as numerous other articles on the subject].

Note: The photograph above is the original photograph in Pinax.

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submitted by George Poulos on 28.11.2004

Nici Andronicus. Pentathlon, Triathlon, Athletics.

As notified in a previous entry, and re-iterated in less detail at the conclusion of this entry - in the year 2000, the Greek -Australian Sports Hall of Fame was inaugurated.

Many athletes of the original 166 are obviously of Kytherian origin - Psaltis's, Samios, Zantiotis, Andronicus: but the place of origin in Greece of many others - particularly those born in Australia - has not been indicated in the biographies outlined in the original list. Determining how many Kytherians were inducted in the original list remains a matter for future research. To further complicate matters, some of the athletes may have had a parent, or grandparent of Kytherian origin. (A good example is Stephen Girdis, inducted for sailing prowess, whose mother is Kytherian.)

From Pinax, The Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame, Volume 1, reproduced with the permission of the editor, Steve Georgakis.

Nici Andronicus was amongst the first group inducted into the Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame. She was born in Sydney on 10 March, 1972. An all-round athlete, she took up competitive pentathlon in 1985. In 1990, she won both the Australian Junior and Senior Penthlon Championships which were held in Canberra. She went on to win the Australian Pentathlon Championships in 1994.

Andronicus represented the Australian pentathlon team, in both individual and team events, in several World Championships and World Cups (10 event championships), between the years 1990 and 1996. She also raced at Australian level in middle distance running.

Andronicus took up triathlon in 1996, and in her first year was voted World Rookie of the Year, and was ranked fourth in the world. She was an important member of the 1996 Gold Medal winning Australian Women's triathlon team at the World Championships held in Cleveland, USA.

In 1997, her outstanding performances in the sport gave Andronicus a world number two ranking. Between 1996 and 1999 Andronicus was consistently a member of various Australian World Championship and World Cup teams.

As at August 2000, Andronicus was out of competition due to an achilles tendon injury, although she had resumed training.

[Nici has since retired. She performs many PR functions, including extensive work with charities, and sporting associations.]

Questions asked during her peak performances

From,
http://scholastic.com.au/Profiles/ProfileDisplay.asp?ProfileId=130

What is the best thing about being a professional triathlete?

The very best thing about being a professional triathlete is being able to keep a fit and healthy lifestyle — and it’s my job! I’m the luckiest person alive to be able to compete in a sport that I love in exotic and amazing countries.

What skills do you need to become a professional triathlete?

Being a professional triathlete requires many hours of sometimes gruelling training and this really takes its toll on both the body and the mind. You need to be very disciplined and strong, physically and mentally.


Background, Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame

In September 2000, through the initiative of the Millenium Heritage Council, the Church established the Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame in order to record the sporting achievements attained by Australians of Greek heritage who have distinguished themselves at either a National or International level.

The First Inductees

As a result, 166 sportspeople were inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame, in the presence of the Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia, His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, and the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. John Howard, during the unforgettable Millenium Ball held on Saturday, 2nd September, 2000, at the Westin Hotel in Sydney.

The evening was a historic milestone that revealed how vast and truly astonishing the contribution to Australian and world sport by citizens of Helllenic descent is, in an amazing variety of disciplines. Sportspeople travelled from all over Australia to attend the memorable event and felt enormous pride and honour at their Induction.

The Commemorative Book

A thouroughly researched book entitled The Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame - Pinax, Volume I, coordinated by the Millenium Heritage Sports Committee and edited by academic, Dr Steve Georgakis, was also launched on the evening with the most fascinating details about each Inductee's accomplishments.

Pinax is the Greek word for list. It was used in ancient times when referring to the record of the Olympic Games victors whose names were inscribed on a column at Olympia in Greece. This informative book was published with the generous assitance of the New South Wales government through the Office of the Premier, the Hon. Bob Carr. Only a small number of books remain, however, since the interest generated by the concept attracted the attention of Hellenes around the world. It was especially appreciated by athletes and officials during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The Committee is now looking forward to the second edition.

[Dr Steve Georgakis is also the author of Sport and the Australian Greek. A Historical Study of Ethnicity, Gender and Youth, as well as numerous other articles on the subject].

Note: The photograph above is not the original photograph in Pinax.

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submitted by George Poulos on 12.11.2004

Soccer stars of the future. Peter Stevens, William Lynch & Peter Parras.

A photograph taken on Sunday, 12th of September at the Eastern Suburbs soccer presentation day at NSW University.

It depicts three of "our future soccer stars".

The boys all play for Eastern Suburbs under 6's.

They are,

(left) Peter Stevens, son of James and Helen Stevens (nee, Notaras),

(centre) William P. Lynch, son of Peter and Maria Lynch (nee, Magiros), and,

(right) Peter Parras, son of Colin and Tina Parras (nee, Masselos).

They all received a trophy on the day.

Photograph supplied by Maria Lynch, the daughter of Peter and Helen Magiros.

Photograph originally appeared in The Kytherian, monthly Newsletter of the Kytherian Association of Australia, October edition, page 2

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submitted by George Poulos on 11.11.2004

Soccer stars of the future. Peter Stevens, William Lynch, and Peter Parras.

A photograph taken on Sunday, 12th of
September at the Eastern Suburbs soccer presentation day at NSW University.

It depicts three of "our future soccer stars".

The boys all play for Eastern Suburbs under 6's.

They are, (left) Peter Stevens, son of James and Helen Stevens (nee, Notaras, (centre) William P. Lynch, son of Peter and Maria Lynch (nee, Magiros), and,
(right) Peter Parras, son of Colin and Tina Parras (nee, Masselos).

They all received a trophy on the day.

"I thought it was really cute to show everyone our future Kytherian soccer stars, as for how well Greece did this year in the Euro 2004 Cup.

I hope you enjoy this picture...".

Photograph supplied by Maria Lynch, the daughter of Peter and Helen Magiros.

Photograph originally appeared in The Kytherian, monthly Newsletter of the Kytherian Association of Australia, October edition, page 2.

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submitted by George Poulos on 11.11.2004

Peter Stevens, William Lynch, & Peter Parras. Future Australian-Greek-Kytherian soccer stars

My Name is Maria Lynch I'm the daughter of Peter and Helen Magiros. I
>>> just thought you might like to put this picture of our future soccer
>>> stars in the next news letter. This was taken on sunday the 12th of
>>> september at the Eastern Suburbs soccer presentation day at NSW
>>> University. The Boy all play for eastern suburbs under 6's.
>>>
>>> The boys are (left) Peter Stevens Son of James and Helen Stevens (nee
>>> Notaras) (centre) William P. Lynch son of Peter and Maria Lynch (nee
>>> Magiros) and (right) Peter Parras son of Colin and Tina Parras (nee
>>> Masselos). They all received a trophy on the day.
>>>
>>> I thought it was really cute to show everyone our future kytherian
>>> soccer stars, as for how well Greece did this year in the Euro 2004 Cup.
>>>
>>> I hope you enjoy this picture and also hope it will make it into your
>>> newsletter.
>>>

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submitted by George Poulos on 01.11.2004

Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame

Micheal Diamond celebrating Gold with the Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard. Sydney Olympics. 2000.


In September 2000, through the initiative of the Millenium Heritage Council, the Church established the Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame in order to record the sporting achievements attained by Australians of Greek heritage who have distinguished themselves at either a National or International level.

The First Inductees

As a result, 166 sportspeople were inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame, in the presence of the Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia, His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, and the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. John Howard, during the unforgettable Millenium Ball held on Saturday, 2nd September, 2000, at the Westin Hotel in Sydney.

The evening was a historic milestone that revealed how vast and truly astonishing the contribution to Australian and world sport by citizens of Helllenic descent is, in an amazing variety of disciplines. Sportspeople travelled from all over Australia to attend the memorable event and felt enormous pride and honour at their Induction.

The Commemorative Book

A thouroughly researched book entitled The Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame - Pinax, Volume I, coordinated by the Millenium Heritage Sports Committee and edited by academic, Dr Steve Georgakis, was also launched on the evening with the most fascinating details about each Inductee's accomplishments.

Pinax is the Greek word for list. It was used in ancient times when referring to the record of the Olympic Games victors whose names were inscribed on a column at Olympia in Greece. This informative book was published with the generous assitance of the New South Wales government through the Office of the Premier, the Hon. Bob Carr. Only a small number of books remain, however, since the interest generated by the concept attracted the attention of Hellenes around the world. It was especially appreciated by athletes and officials during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The Committee is now looking forward to the second edition.

[One of the most noteworthy inclusions in the Greek Australian Hall of Fame is Ultra Marathon runner Yiannis Kouros, who recently set a new world record in France when he ran 434,386km, finishing more than 80kms ahead of the second best runner.
Former Socceroo captain Charlie Yankos, kick boxer Stan Longinidis, footballers Steve Malaxos and Anthony Koutoufides have also been inducted in the Hall of Fame].

[Dr Steve Georgakis is also the author of Sport and the Australian Greek. A Historical Study of Ethnicity, Gender and Youth, as well as numerous other articles on the subject].

Inductions and Promotions - Every Olympic Games Year

So that the Hall of Fame remains a serious institute for excellence, it was announced on the evening of the Millenium Ball that the induction ceremony will be conducted every Olympic Games year whilst nominations mau be submitted during any year leading up to the event.

Inductions are classified into five categories with the highest including Gold Medalists at Olympic, World or Commonwealth Games, as well as World Champions, and World Record Holders.

During each Induction year, new nominations will be evaluated and appropriately endorsed. At the dame time, however, the Committee will examine the right of passage of existing Inductees whose more recent acievements may might warrant their promotion from one level to the next, or higher.

In addition, current Inductees not advancing to another level, may, nonetheless, have furthered their achievements, in which case the Committee is eager to receive relevant details in order to update its information.

After researching the various models for Sports Halls of Fame around the world, the Committee determined that the Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame should be all-inclusive. Therefore, an important category includes veterans and masters sportspeople sportspeople so as to recognise their continuing commitment to the highest standards for their age, as well as juniors and youth, so as to inspire them to even higher accomplishments in sport.

An Appropriate Venue

For the past two years the Millenium Heritage Council has been working towards establishing a venue to house The Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame with photographic displays and memorobilia of its Inductees. In conjunction with Rockdale City Council, in Sydney, such a 'home' for the Sports Hall of Fame has been secured by the shores of historic Botany Bay.

Located at the junction of Bay Street and the Grand Parade in the heart of Sydney's Greek quarter, and just fifty metres from the statue of Spyros Louis, the first modern Olympics marathon gold medalist, erected during sistership celebrations between the city of Rockdale and the City of Glyfada in Greece, the venue will also double as an Information Centre Supporting the Athens 2004 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

It is a serious and very costly project but one which has received widespread support from the community who have provided their time, services, and financial support for its completion.

New Nominations

In the meantime, the Millenium Heritage Council invites nominations for Induction or Promotion from any member of the community who is aware of new sporting achievements, together with supportive documentation either by way of appropriate certification, or press clippings, or authentic internet mentions.

Sportspeople may even nominate themselves should they feel that the Committee might not have discovered them.

Please read the following parameters carefully and nominate a Greek Australian sports achiever. Remember, nominees must have distinguished themselves at a National or International level.

Who Qualifies?

Any Australian Citizen of Greek descent:


1. Who has been selected for or played in a national team for either Australia or Greece or any other Nation in any sport (e.g. soccer, rugby league, aussie rules, judo, karate, boxing, wrestling, basketball, tennis, cricket, netball, softball, surfing, chess, badminton, kickboxing, etc, or

2. Who has been selected for represented either Australia or Greece or any other Nation in any games discipline, indoor or outdoor, summer or winter (e.g. track and field, swimming, wightlifting, shooting, rowing, gymnastics, bowling, skating, skiing, bobsledding, sailing, diving, cycling, etc), or,

3. Who has won an Australian or Greek, or any other NATIONAL sports even, or

4. Who has held a national or international or world record in any sports event.

Please note that competitions, championships, tournaments or events restricted to ethnic background and not open to all citizens of a particular Nation are not eligible for consideration.

Candidates for the The Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame may be:

- Male or Female
- Youth or Adult
- Living or Deceased
- Able or Disabled
- Amateur or Professional

Are you a past or present champion? Do you know of a past or present champion?

Then contact The Millenium Heritage Council immediately with details for inclusion in 'Pinax, Volume II, and the Hall of Fame Display

Write to:

The Millenium Heritage Council
242 Cleveland Street
Redfern
NSW 2016


or, Fax: 02 9698 5368

email: heritage@greekorthodox.org.au

providing name, address, contact number, (of the sportsperson, or their family), and precise details of sports distinctions for each candidate. N.B. Achievements must be verifiable!

The Next Induction Ceremony

Note the date in your diary from now: Saturday, 12th February, 2005, at the Wentworth Hotel in Sydney. It will be a night to remember - a night on which new Inductees will be recognised and appreciated for their excellence in sport.

Spyridakos, Tony: Soccer
Taliadoros, Kimon: Soccer
Tohouroglou, Kyriakos: Soccer
Torriano, Demetrius: Cricket
Tsakiris, Isabelle: Cricket
Tsekenis, Peter: Soccer
Zantiotis, George: Soccer
Zois, Peter: Soccer.


The office for the Sports Hall of Fames is
located at

71 Grand Parade
Bright le Sands
[Opposite the Novatel]

Contact: Presvitera Barbara

9597 7820

Hours:
Mon/Weds - 9-4
Sat: 10-2


Based on an article that appeared on Tuesday 1st June, 2004, in O Kosmos, page 24. Our News in English section.

Reproduced with the kind permission of the Editor.

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submitted by George Poulos on 27.11.2004

The Greek Australian Rules Team of the Century.

A unique assembly of Greek football talent. The 'Greek Team of the Century' group photo.

[Australian Rules is a uniquely Australian, fast flowing brand of football. It derives from indigenous Australian, and from Gaelic football influences. Initially it was used to maintain the fitness of Cricket players during the off-season.]

Louie captains the centurions.

Collingwood's legendary 1953 premiership captain Lou Richards was named captain of the Greek Team of the Century, at the Athlos gala charity dinner last Thursday.

The Richards-Pannam dynasty, which boasts the greatest family record in VFL/AFL history, had an astounding five representatives in the team, including Ron Richards as coach.

Over 530 people attended the lavish black-tie event, including sports minister Justin Madden, Lord Mayor John So, media personality Red Symons, and most of the 55 VFL/AFL players of Hellenic background. Athlos patron and AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou was named on the wing. In his address he declared that "I doubt we will ever have this experience ever again in our lifetime".

TV news presenters Angela Pippos and George Donikian hosted the event. Pippos summed up the mood of the evening, announcing that, "The Brownlow is for blondes. But tonight is for brunettes!"

Over $50,000 was raised for the Hellenic Australian Sports Foundation scholarships, to be granted to young Greek sportspeople.

The Greek Team of the Century was selected by the Athlos committee, headed by chairman Chris Pavlou, the former Carlton winger and current board member. They also consulted football legends Ron Barassi and David Parkin.

There was a total of 55 players to choose rom, who played 3,521 games for 2,997 goals between them. Thirteen players represented Victoria, and eleven were premiership players. Murray Thompson MP presented the players with commemorative jumpers and medallions.

Peter Daicos and Anthony Koutoufides were named as vice-captains of the team. Daicos is one of the most revered players in the history of the game, and was named at Full Forward. He kicked 549 career goals, including 97 goals in Collingwood's famous 1990 premiership season. Daicos said he was proud to be there "to honour the sacrifices that my parents made".
Koutoufides is Carlton's captain, a premiership player, all-Australian representative and AFLPA award winner. He said. "It's a great honour for me to be presented with this and be alongside some superstars here. It's an honour that I'll look back at forever in my life."

Both proudly received their awards with their families in the audience, before being mobbed for autographs and photos.
Hawthorn's Angelo Lekkas was the other current player to make the team. However Geelong midfielder Paul Koulouriotis was presented with the Hellenic Australian Sports Foundation 'Player of the future award.' Koulouriotis is the newest Greek sensation in the AFL. Since breaking into the Geelong side in round 17, he has collected at least 22 possessions in each of his last four games, and been amongst the best on ground. He will be a vital link in the Cats finals assault.

There were surprises in the heritage eligibility of some players. Most notably was the blond hair blue-eyed Russell Morris named at centre-half-back. His great-great-great-great grandfather was Greek. "So I'm Greek!" said the 159 game premiership and all-Australian player. Morris announced that he was even vilified on the field when called a "wog poofter".

Luke Beveridge qualified on the interchange as his grandfather came from Samos.

The Richards' grandfather Charlie Pannam (shortened from Pannamopoulos) was Greek, and six of the family played a record 939 VFL games, kicking 1184 goals and winning 8 premierships between them. Lou was unable to attend the event but his little brother Ron accepted the honour on his behalf. Ron was also named as coach of the 'Greek Team of the Century;' having coached the Magpies reserves to a premiership and being the only undefeated senior coach.

There was another family connection in the team, with cousins George Lakes and Vasil Varlamos being named in the back pocket and half back flank respectively.

Scholarship funds were raised by the auction of many items and memorabilia. One eager fan, believed to be a prominent committee member, bid a total of $12,000 for Pavart paintings of Daicos and Koutoufides plus a signed commemorative jumper.

Sports Minister Justin Madden celebrated the evening with a 'toast to all things Greek', and said he "wouldn't be surprised to see similar nights like this coming out of many other cultural groups, because of the great success that this has been".
One thing is certain; it was Greek footy's night of the century!

From Neos Kosmos, English edition.

Monday 6-9-2004

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submitted by George Poulos on 10.10.2004

Randwick - Sydney's Rugby Union premiers, 2004 - sponsored by Peters of Kensington.

Randwick celebrate yet another Sydney First Grade Rugby Union premiership.


Sat Oct 9th, 2004.
After going through the regular season undefeated, Randwick defeated Eastwood by 35 - 22 in the grand final.

Scorers were:

RANDWICK 35 (S Berne, G Smith, L Tomiki, W Kativerata tries; Smith 3 pen goals, 3 goals)
EASTWOOD 22 (Pen try; T Donnelly 4 pen goals, goal; B Batger pen goal).

Crowd: 12,418.

A close look at the front of Randwick's myrtle green guensey's will reveal that a main sponsor of the team is the Kytherian owned business - Peters of Kensington.

http://www.petersofkensington.com.au

"From humble beginnings a little over two decades ago, Peter's of Kensington is a family run business that today stands as a three-floor department store. It's a modern day Aladdin's Cave, stocking the top brands in dinnerware, stemware, silverware, kitchenware, homewares, figurines, luggage, watches, stationery, and much more. The store also boasts a Bridal Registry, and a Coffee Shop popular with regular dedicated shoppers.

Trading Hours: Store opening hours are 9.30AM to 5.30PM Monday to Friday and 9.30AM to 5PM on Saturdays. We open for Thursday Night trading to 8PM only during December and the re-opening sale in January. We are closed for approximately three weeks from Christmas Day. And, yes, there really is a 'Peter'!"

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submitted by George Poulos on 27.11.2004

National Rugby League inducts the Peter Frilingos Memorial Award for the headline moment of the year, in honour of the rekowned Kytherian sports broadcaster.

Billy Slater, with a "beaming smile" that headlines it all - scores that try in State of Origin II, Brisbane, Queensland.

In 2004, the National Rugby League inducted the the Peter Frilingos Memorial Award for the headline moment of the year, in honour of the reknowned Kytherian sports broadcaster.

[Search "Frilingos" on the Internal kythera-family search engine, for other articles about Peter Frilingos.]

From 2004, the award will be presented annually.

It is due recognition for an extraordinary life devoted to sports broadcasting.

The initial winner of the award, was Billy Slater, for his solo try for Queensland, in State of Origin II . [A very clever kick and re-gather try which won the game for the Queensland side.]

Dally M Awards winners

September 7, 2004

Here is the full list of 2004 Dally M Awards winners and recipients announced at Sydney Town Hall:

Dally M Player of the Year: Danny Buderus (Newcastle)

Provan Summons Medal winner (fan's choice for 2004's best player): Darren Lockyer (Brisbane)

Dally M Rookie of the Year: Karmichael Hunt (Brisbane)

Dally M Representative Player of the Year: Craig Fitzgibbon (Sydney Roosters)

Dally M Coach of the Year: Steve Folkes (Bulldogs)

Peter Frilingos Memorial Award for the headline moment of the year: Billy Slater (Melbourne)

2004 Team of the Year:

Best fullback - Anthony Minichiello (Roosters)
Best winger - Amos Roberts (Panthers)
Best centre - Willie Tonga (Bulldogs)
Best five-eighth - Darren Lockyer (Broncos)
Best halfback - Brett Finch (Roosters)
Best lock - Shaun Timmins (Dragons)
Best second row - Nathan Hindmarsh (Parramatta)
Best prop - Paul Rauhihi (Cowboys)
Best hooker - Danny Buderus (Knights)
Best captain - Steve Price (Bulldogs)

ARL Hall of Fame inductees:

Pre-WWII - Frank Burge (Glebe, St George; lock/second-row from 1911-27); Harold Horder (Souths, Norths; winger from 1912-1924); Vic Hey (Wests, Ipswich, Leeds, Dewsbury, Hunslet, Parramatta; five-eighth from 1933-49)
Post-WWII - Harry Bath (Balmain, Barrow, Warrington, St George; second row from 1946-59); Norm Provan (St George; second row from 1951-1965); Ken Irvine (Norths, Manly; winger from 1958-1973)

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submitted by Peter Makarthis on 09.06.2007

Zantis Trophy 1937

Maria Niciforides(nee Zantis) with the Zantis Trophy donated by the Zantis family at Warialda in 1937.
The Zantis(Zantiotis) brothers Sid(Sarandos),Jack,Jim and Harry conducted the Civic and Central Cafes at Warialda.
Researched and photography
Peter (Skoulandris) McCarthy
Inverell NSW Australia

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submitted by Peter Makarthis on 13.08.2004

Olympic Luncheon - Great to Greek

Oslo's on Otho (Peter & Deanna) and their clients celebrate the opening of the 2004 Olympic Games at their Kafeneon in Inverell Australia 1200-1400 EAT Friday 13 August 2004.
Menu - Mezzes - souvalaki, saganaki, Greek salad, baklava and galaktobouriko

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submitted by Spyro Calocerinos on 12.08.2004

Albury City Soccer Club NSW 1974

A group of Kytherians and Antikytherians, formed a football club in Albury in 1974.There was a mixture of nationalities representing the club,but there were also a number of Kytherians and Antikytherians. In the photograph, second from left standing Nikos Andronikos( Antikythera) first right standing Peter Galanakis (Antikythera) and front row from right James Cominos(Kythera) and Eric Travassaros (Kythera). As you can see the blue and white outfits, the team was supported and sponsored by the Greek community of Albury NSW.